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Pacific Wren - Palomar State Park

Nancy Christensen
 

This morning I found a Pacific Wren on the Doane Valley Nature Trail in Palomar State Park. Very vocally calling with its double chip note, occasionally adding in a scold. It was at Post 9, which is about 50 yards from where it was last November, so presumably a returning bird. It responded well to kissing in the same double note pattern it was using (kiss-kiss). In fact it responded so well that I was unable to focus my camera on the bird as it danced around my feet! I actually thought I was hearing a second PAWR in the same area, but did not see it.  33°20'27" N 116°54'12" W

 

In addition, while I was trying to get a record photo of the wren, a small group of Golden-crowned Kinglets passed by overhead in the canopy. I didn’t even try for a photo since I was on the wren, and then I could not refind the kinglets later. There was also a group of RB Nuthatches that were moving the same direction – upstream towards Doane Pond, but I am not sure they were traveling together in a mixed flock or not.

 

At the entrance to the State Park, as I was paying my entrance fee, two Cassin’s Finches were seen.

 

Checklist with bad photos and a recording: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61207829

 

Nancy Christensen

Ramona

 


Summer Tanager Balboa Park

Nathan French
 

Female twitter calling just south of Chess Club (32.7281131, -117.1587295)


Nathan French
Hillcrest 


Black scoter, lesser black-backed, new vermilion

lehman.paul@verizon.net
 

On Tuesday the 5th, a dtake black scoter was with surf scoters on San Diego Bay looking North from Grand Caribe in Coronado Cays a long distance. Could well be additional birds but the heat distortion was getting bad. The usual general area where this species has wintered for quite a few years now. The returning adult lesser black-backed gull was on the beach at the base of the jetty in front of the hotel del Coronado in late morning. There is a new Vermilion flycatcher present, this one at the very south end of Nestor Park. A female has wintered at this very spot for quite a few years but the bird today is clearly an immature male with red already appearing all over the crown and on the belly. Elsewhere in the park there were two Western tanagers.

Paul Lehman & Barbara Carlson, San Diego

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NAS North Island Access

Teale Fristoe
 

Hello San Diego birders,

I'm going to be visiting over the next few days, and I noticed that some folks have reported Chestnut-collared Longspurs at NAS North Island south facing beach/Heritage Park. Unfortunately, the ebird hotspot (https://ebird.org/hotspot/L2066077) mentions that this has restricted access. Is there any way for a mild mannered out of towner like myself to access this area, or should I turn my attention elsewhere?

Thanks for your help, and I look forward to running into some of you in the field soon!
Teale Fristoe
Berkeley


Re: Scarlet Tanager, Thick-billed Kingbird and Tricolored Heron

Tom Harrison
 

I love San Diego birding. And SD birders. Thanks to Nathan for showing me the Scarlet Tanager at Rosecrans Cemetery this morning (10:15 am). He also gave me excellent directions to find the Thick-billed Kingbird (1:00) in Chula Vista as reported and the Tricolored Heron (2:30) in Sweetwater pond.

Who knows what we’ll find tomorrow?!

Tom Harrison
San Clemente, CA

On Nov 4, 2019, at 10:50 AM, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@gmail.com> wrote:

Scarlet Tanager continues at Ft Rosecrans this morning at 10:15 in the SW corner. Seen with Tom from San Clemente until I recommended we cut our birding short due to the white car and a funeral group arrival.

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Summer Tanager on Point Loma

Sara Baase Mayers
 

On our morning walk today (Nov. 4), Keith spotted a Summer Tanager in the Torrey Pine on Albion St., just north of Dupont. It was mostly yellowish but with some reddish down the center of the front of the body and on the tail, undertail coverts, and head; large pale bill.  It was easy to see as it moved around in the tree, because, unfortunately, this wonderful tree that has held many nice birds, appears to be dead or dying.

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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Scarlet Tanager Ft Rosecrans

Nathan French
 

Scarlet Tanager continues at Ft Rosecrans this morning at 10:15 in the SW corner. Seen with Tom from San Clemente until I recommended we cut our birding short due to the white car and a funeral group arrival.

Nathan French
Hillcrest


New fort Rosecrans rule

Brian Dooley
 

Hey all, I was birding fort Rosecrans this morning and I was asked by a grounds worker to leave because there's apparently a new rule there that states birders aren't allowed on the cemetery grounds from 8 to 11am. I don't know the rest of the details on this new rule, but it's probably best to respect this rule until someone else can figure out what else this rule states.
Happy birding
Brian (BJ) Dooley


 


Brown Thrasher in Vallecito yard in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Britta Lee Shain
 

Yesterday, morning (Nov 2) at 9:30AM, I spied a Brown Thrasher at the water drip and nyjer feeder in my backyard in Vallecito. Striking reddish-brown bird with dark streaking below, slightly curved-bill and yellow eye, darting through the yard, moving fast, foraging in leaves near drip, approaching the drip, then jumping up onto the nearby nyjer feeder. 
eBird checklist with 3 Photos:
Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S61135688

Britta Lee Shain
Vallecito, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.


Ft. Rosecrans scarlet tanager Nov 3

Stan Walens
 

Still present, fence and trees 100 feet from SW corner of the cemetery.

Stan Walens, San Diego
November 3, 2019; 9:40 am


Re: Possible Scarlet Tanager Fort Rosecrans

Roger Uzun
 

The Scarlet Tanager is in the same spot this AM at 835.  

On Sat, Nov 2, 2019 at 3:02 PM Nancy Christensen <nancy.r.christensen@...> wrote:
Scarlet Tanager continues at 3pm. Sitting on the fence, extreme SW corner of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

> On Nov 2, 2019, at 12:46 PM, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@...> wrote:
>
> Looks like a WETA with no wing bars. Orange bill looks bright for the gray bill shown in Sibley guide so I’m not 100%.  Been fairly cooperative in SW Corner for past 20 mins. (32.6804786, -117.2443496)
>
> Nathan French
> Hillcrest
>
>




Continuing Zone-tailed Hawk at the Safari Park

Kenneth Weaver
 

I observed an adult Zone-tailed Hawk doing loops near the entry/exit building at the Safari Park at 1225
today. The bird shows an irregular white tail band and a broad black terminal band similar to the 
description of a Zone-tail provided by Nancy Christensen on October 6.  It also shows a small white mark 
on each edge of the tail above the white tail band.  I've posted a couple of record shots that exhibit the field 
marks noted above at:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S61126238.  The parking lot and nearby areas appear to 
be the spot to see this bird as both Phred Benham and Nancy Christensen have reported a Zone-tail at that 
location.

Ken Weaver
Fallbrook
gnatcatcher@...


Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Carlsbad

Rick Grove
 

While working in the yard this AM, i was surprised to see a Grosbeak at my feeder, and even more surprised when i put my glasses on and detected a red-tinged on the breast.  Photos on the eBird list were shot thorough the window, but are consistent with the views I had while in the yard.  The bird returned intermittently through the day, and may be viewed from our west fence- line.



Continuing Lewis's Woodpeckers at Stonewall Mine

Eve Martin
 

Hello birders! 

The LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS first reported by Andrew last Friday, Oct. 25, continued today/Saturday at Stonewall Mine. Sonya and Michael B. were already there admiring the small flock when we arrived around 7:45am this morning.  They were still hanging out in the pines around the restrooms.  I'm not sure how many there were in total, but I was able to count five of them as they left the area flying northwest around 8am.  By 9:15am, two more were back in the same area and again closer to 10:30am.   They're around :)

The eBird list with some more details and some pretty bad ID photos can be found here!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61119327

~Eve
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Eve Martin
Del Mar, California


Re: Possible Scarlet Tanager Fort Rosecrans

Nancy Christensen
 

Scarlet Tanager continues at 3pm. Sitting on the fence, extreme SW corner of Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Nancy Christensen
Ramona


A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

On Nov 2, 2019, at 12:46 PM, Nathan French <nathanfrenchphotography@gmail.com> wrote:

Looks like a WETA with no wing bars. Orange bill looks bright for the gray bill shown in Sibley guide so I’m not 100%. Been fairly cooperative in SW Corner for past 20 mins. (32.6804786, -117.2443496)

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Encinitas Laughing Gull (11/2/19)

Jimmy McMorran
 

Hi Birders,
At approximately 13:40 (1:40 pm) a Laughing Gull (appeared to be first winter) was seen at Moonlight Beach. When I saw it, it was on the sand with a California Gull and then took flight quickly. It could have been there for a long time on the sand as far as I know, and may be associating with growing Gull flock here. I am always birding, but was not actively birding at this time. Playing frisbee with kid. I will try and track down for documentation, but only have my phone right now. Definitely Laughing Gull, NOT Franklin’s Gull.
Just getting word out. I will repost if I see it again.
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, Ca


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Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA


Possible Scarlet Tanager Fort Rosecrans

Nathan French
 

Looks like a WETA with no wing bars. Orange bill looks bright for the gray bill shown in Sibley guide so I’m not 100%. Been fairly cooperative in SW Corner for past 20 mins. (32.6804786, -117.2443496)

Nathan French
Hillcrest


Clay-colored Sparrow

Guy McCaskie
 

This morning there was a well-marked Clay-colored Sparrow at the ballfields on Sunset Avenue in the Tijuana River Valley.

 

Guy McCaskie


Late ATFL?

phil Pryde
 

    Yesterday (November 1) afternoon, while looking for the earlier-reported Hoody Mergs at Famosa Slough (unsuccessfully), I came across a common but unexpected bird, an Ash-throated Flycatcher.  Thinking they should all be hone by now, I checked the Bird Atlas when I got home, which said “fall migration trails off through October”.  Over the years,a few have been recorded wintering. 
    Just wondering, have there been any recent sightings of the bird in November?  Is it just late leaving, or possibly planning to winter over?  
    Anyone birding at the Slough in the next few days might keep eye open for it. When I saw it, it was near the bench along the trail on the west side of the Slough, only about 20’ away from me. 

Phil Pryde 
San Diego 



Clay-colored Sparrow Continues

Annie S
 

The Clay-colored Sparrow found by Ron and Blanche Ramswick on November 1st continues at Upper Cottonwood Creek park in Encinitas this morning, 2nd November.

It is on the north side of the park, hanging out with white-crowned sparrow at the edge of the border and the grass.

Picture of a picture attached.

Annie S

San Diego 




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